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Lyric Cousins: Poetry and Musical Form

Fiona Sampson


Today, poetry and art music occupy similar cultural positions: each has a tendency to be regarded as problematic, ‘difficult’, and therefore ‘elitist’. Despite this, the audiences and numbers of participants for each are substantial: yet they tend not to overlap. This is odd, because the forms share early history in song and saga, and have some striking similarities, often summed up in the word ‘lyric’? These similarities include much that is most significant to the experience of each, and so of most interest to practitioners and audiences. They encompass, at the very least: the way each art-f ... More

Keywords: poetry, art music, lyric, sensory experience, public performance, private reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402927
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Sampson, author
University of Roehampton